Don’t be trapped into thinking you’re the only one experiencing your current feelings, that no one understands, or that circumstances will never change! Bay Life's Breakthrough Support Groups provide safe, confidential, and caring environments where you can feel comfortable and safe talking about your struggles and grow toward wholeness.
Breakthrough events are one-time meetings around a specific topic. These events are offered periodically throughout the year. These events meet on campus. Be sure to include your email in your registration for any updates we may need to send.
Loss of a Spouse
Saturday, February 5, 2022 @ 10am - 11:30am | Workbook $5
Widowed? Help is here and hope is possible. Do you dread the lonely days and nights? Wonder what to do with your spouse's belongings? Feel like your brain is in a fog? Unsure of how you'll go on? As you know, the death of a spouse brings a unique kind of pain. People who are widowed haven't just lost a loved one - they've lost an entire lifestyle. That's why we are hosting Loss of a Spouse (a grief support seminar).
At a Loss of a Spouse seminar you'll discover:
- Other people understand and have found ways to make it through
- Why it won't always hurt so much
- Reasons for hope
- Practical tips for coping with the death of a spouse.
We hope you will join us on your journey of grief.
Registration for spring groups will open in January. Spring Breakthrough groups will meet on Thursdays in the Student Center of Bay Life Church and Sundays in the Counseling Center behind Bay Life Church. The Counseling Center is located at 140 Yarbrough Road, Brandon, FL 33510.
A complete listing of open groups and classes offered at Bay Life Church can be found at baylife.org/groups. Curious to meet the leaders? Visit Group Link before or after services on Saturday, January 22, Sunday, January 23, Saturday, January 29 or Sunday, January 30. All our open group and class leaders will be available to chat with you.
Sundays, February 6 - May 1, 2022 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm | Led by Genevieve LoCicero | Workbook: $20
Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they've ever faced. It is a confusing time when you may feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you've never faced before. The emotional damage cuts to the soul. True healing for this kind of pain can only come from God's presence in the life of the person experiencing it. DivorceCare groups are Christ-centered and meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each DivorceCare session has 3 distinct elements: first, watching a 30-40 minute DVD session where top experts speak on the subject of divorce and separation and individuals share their stories; secondly after viewing the video, group participants will spend time as a group discussing what was presented in the video and also share what is going on in their life. The third element is use of the participant workbook in session and also at home throughout the week (to complete brief topic-related Scripture studies.)
You don't need to walk alone on your journey toward recovery and healing from divorce or separation.
Thursdays, February 10 - May 5, 2022 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Led by Patricia Mira | Workbook $20
It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you've lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you've probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never faced before. Our GriefShare group meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move towards rebuilding your life. Each GriefShare session has 3 distinct elements: watching a video session which contains experts in grief and individuals who have experienced loss; a brief support group discussion time related to the video topic; and use of your participant guidebook during session and throughout the week (brief studies for personal reflection). You do not need to walk alone on your journey from mourning to joy. We hope you will join us.
The Anger Workbook
Thursdays, February 10 - May 5, 2022 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Led by Mark Sentovich | Workbook $10
We all deal with anger in our lives-whether it be in a subtle or violent manner. Being angry can involve such emotional expressions as frustration, irritability, annoyance, aggravation, blowing off steam or fretting. Most people stereotype anger by assuming it always results in shouting, slamming fists or throwing things. However, anger is not that one-dimensional. In fact the following statements can represent feelings of anger: When I am displeased with someone, I shut down communication and withdraw; I get very tense inside as I tackle a demanding task; I feel frustrated when I see someone else having fewer struggles than I; there are times when my discouragement just makes me want to call it quits.
The good news is that anger can be managed. This group uses The Anger Workbook by Les Carter, Ph.D. and Frank Minirth, M.D. and offers a unique 13-step interactive program that will help you:
- Identify the best ways to handle anger
- Understand how pride, fear, loneliness and inferiority feed your anger
- Uncover and eliminate myths that perpetuate anger
- Identify learned patterns of thinking, relating and behaving in your life that influence your anger.
Thursdays, February 10 - March 31, 2022 @ 7:00pm - 8:30pm | Led by Genevieve LoCicero | Optional book $10
Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limits and limitations. Have you ever found yourself wondering:
- Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
- How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy or money?
- Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?
In the group, we will learn how to set healthy boundaries with your parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers and even yourself.
Unpacking the 'ten laws of boundaries' will show you how to bring new health to your relationships. You will learn how sound boundaries give you the freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individual God created you to be.
Worksheets will be provided during each group meeting at no additional cost. The Boundaries book is also available for purchase and is optional.
About The Group Leader
As coordinator for the Breakthrough Support Group Ministry, Genevieve LoCicero and her team have facilitated a variety of groups. She has a heart to reach people that are hurting in all different areas. Her willingness to offer help and hope gently yet persistently through Breakthrough speaks well of her heart for the troubles of others. Breakthrough services are guided by Romans 12:1-2 which exhorts us to renew our minds. By doing so, we are able to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. Renewing our mind impacts emotions which in turn impacts behaviors and results in a life changed.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2
For more information about any of our Breakthrough groups and events, contact Genevieve LoCicero,